Top Programs

2019 Top Programs in Oral Advocacy

  1. Patrick Henry College (2005-2006, 2009-2014, 2016-2019 National Champions)

  2. University of Chicago

  3. St Thomas University

  4. United States Air Force Academy

  5. Youngstown State University

  6. Liberty University

  7. College of the Holy Cross

  8. College of Wooster (2008 National Champions)

  9. Regent University

  10. California State University - Long Beach (2003 National Champions)

  11. University of Central Florida

  12. Baylor University

  13. Colorado Christian University

  14. University of North Texas

  15. Loyola University, Chicago

  16. Howard Payne University (2002 National Champions)

  17. Saginaw Valley State University

  18. California State University - Fullerton

  19. Morehouse College

  20. Bentley University

  21. Duke University

  22. Eastern Michigan University

  23. University of Texas - Dallas

  24. Louisville University

  25. Texas A&M University

Honorable Mention: Fitchburg State University, University of Virginia, University of Tampa, University of Louisiana

Methodology: The point totals are based upon the average win total of teams from a program that participated in the National Championship Oral Argument competition over a three-year period. For example, if the top team from Program X had 6 wins, 5 wins, and 7 wins at the Championship Tournament, the average win total would be 6.00. If the second team from X had win totals of 3, 3, 4, the average wins would be 3.34. If X qualified a third team in each year, and it had win totals of 6, 0, 0 , its average would be 2.00. To get the total listed in the rankings, we would add up the average win totals from the three teams: 6.00 + 3.34 + 2.00 = 11.34. This methodology rewards schools that qualify a large number of teams as well as how well they fare. The win totals in this ranking are from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Championship Tournaments. The number of teams competing at the national qualifying tournaments averaged nearly 400 for the three seasons.

2019 Top Programs in Appellate Brief Writing

  1. St Thomas University

  2. California State University - Fullerton (2017 National Champions, Petitioner, 2012, Petitioner)

  3. College of Wooster (2018 National Champions, Respondent, 2015, Petitioner, 2013, Petitioner, 2013, Respondent)

  4. California State University - Long Beach (2014 National Champions, Respondent)

  5. United States Air Force Academy (2019 National Champions, Petitioner)

  6. University of North Texas (2016 National Champions, Petitioner)

  7. Howard Payne University (2018 National Champions, Petitioner)

  8. University of Chicago

  9. Eastern Michigan University

  10. Fitchburg State University (2012 National Champions, Respondent)

  11. Bentley University

  12. Denison University

  13. Patrick Henry College (2017 National Champions, Respondent, 2015, Respondent, 2014, Petitioner, 2011, Respondent)

  14. College of the Holy Cross (2016 National Champions, Respondent)

  15. Stephen F Austin University

  16. Baylor University

  17. University of Central Florida

  18. University of Tampa

  19. Liberty University

  20. Texas A&M University

  21. Youngstown State University

  22. San Francisco State University (2019 National Champions, Respondent)

  23. Morehouse College

  24. Regent University

  25. University of Louisiana

Honorable Mention: Michigan State, Wheaton, Saginaw Valley State University, Colorado Christian University

Methodology: The point totals are based upon the average scores of the top 8 teams from a program that participated in the National Championship Brief Writing competition over a three-year period, mirroring the methodology for the oral argument scores. For example, if the top team from Program X scored 0.95, 0.90, and 0.85, the average score would be .90. If the second team from X had scores of 0.85, 0.80, and 0.75, the average score would be 0.80. If X entered a third team one year, and it had a score of 0.75, its average would be 0.25. To get the total listed in the rankings, we would add up the average win totals from the three teams: 0.90+0.80+0.25=1.95. This methodology rewards schools that enter a large number of teams as well as how well they fare. The win totals in this ranking are from the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Championship Tournaments. The number of teams competing in the national brief writing tournament averaged 80 for the three seasons.